Kelsey Sturgeon's Home Run Heroics Push Softball Past Bradley, 6-3

Junior Kelsey Sturgeon's first home run of the season in the sixth would propel the Flames to a 6-3 win over Bradley Wednesday.
Junior Kelsey Sturgeon's first home run of the season in the sixth would propel the Flames to a 6-3 win over Bradley Wednesday.

March 23, 2011

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PEORIA, Ill. - The UIC softball team utilized their final contest prior to entering Horizon League play to the fullest, breaking out the bats in a 6-3 victory over Bradley at Laura Bradley Park Wednesday afternoon.

Winners of three straight contests, the Flames (9-12) would accrue a season-high 13 hits against the Braves (7-21).

"A great win for us today," said head coach Michelle Venturella. "It was nice to see so many people come through at different points offensively. We're excited to be playing well heading into conference this weekend."

UIC opened things up right away as Ashley Hewett would bring home Carly DeMarco from second with a single shot straight up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

But the host side would respond instantaneously with a two run homer from senior Kate Singler to give Bradley a 2-1 edge.

With two outs in the third, BU would strike again, taking advantage of an infield throwing error to score off a double from Madeline Lynch-Crumrine to pad the lead by two.

The Flames would trail by only one run with two outs in the fourth as left fielder Courtney Heeley would drive in fellow freshman Jenna Marsalli with her fourth double of the year.

But UIC's day at the plate was far from over. After Coryn Schmit opened the sixth with a single down the left side, three batters later, catcher Teresa Aguilar would knock a double to left to tie things up at 3-3.



With Aguilar and Heeley on, pinch hitter Kelsey Sturgeon would go yard for her second homer of her career to put the Flames ahead for good at 6-3.

Devin Miller, who would strike out nine, would be relieved in the final frame by Hewett, who would earn her first save of the season by striking out the final two batters of the contest.

After 21 games on the road all over the country, UIC will get to relish home field advantage for the first time this weekend as Flames Field 2011 home opener plays host to Horizon League foe Butler, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. The three-game series concludes on Sunday at noon.

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